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Our Gaga girl makes it to bootcamp with SEX appeal despite a Gary Barlow ‘good kicking’

September 2, 2012

ON THE EDGE OF GLORY: Lady Gaga tribute act Nicola-Marie Bloor

X Factor hopeful Nicola-Marie Bloor has been promised the “warmest of welcomes” when she returns to Nuneaton next month – in her day job persona.

The 35-year-old wannabe singer took a verbal battering from none other than Gary Barlow after dividing the judges’ opinion with her action-packed first audition on Saturday night’s show.

She belted her way through a dubstep version of Taylor Dayne’s 1988 hit song Tell It To My Heart and was promptly left on The Edge of Glory by Take That star Barlow who moaned: “I don’t know if I liked that or not.

“I didn’t really enjoy the audition, I found it dated and ultimately I’d find you really annoying if you were in my category.”

The entertainer is normally to be found thrilling Nuneaton audiences in a tribute act at the town’s La Tavola Calda emporium – either in the guise of Lady Gaga or the late Amy Winehouse.

Nicola-Marie blamed her nerves for constant chatter on the ITV blockbuster show which saw ex-Boyzone and Westlife manager Louis Walsh compare her to Davina McCall.

As poker faced Barlow turned on his three fellow judges by asking them “what planet are you on?”, former Spice Girl Mel B told her: “I properly loved it, it was full on. Yeah, it is a little bit dated, so what, but you grabbed my attention”.

However, N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos was upbeat about Nicole Marie’s efforts and admitted that while she had been unsure at the start of the song’s routine, once she saw her trademark splits, she was won over.

It was down to Tulisa in the end as to whether Nicola-Marie, who was born in Newark but now lives in Alfreton, went through to the boot camp stages.

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After umming and ahhing for what seemed like an eternity, she said: “I want to see that again,” – and the La Tavola girl went through by three votes to one.

But for La Tavola boss Mick Emmanuel, it’s no contest. “Never mind the X Factor – this girls’ got an abundance of sex appeal. She’s a star turn alright.”

He added: “We can’t wait to have her back.”

Nicola-Marie, who also sings in ann Eighties music band Girls Just Want To Have Fun, last wowed the town at a atypically-energetic La Tavola performance in mid-May – which included the splits – when the Nuneaton Carnival Court were special guests for the evening.

And her massive Nuneaton fan base will be able to see her for the FIFTH time this year on Friday, October 26 at the Midland Road restaurant.

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